Superb post.You'va answered any questions I might have.
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I can respect that many find these speakers to be the cat's meow. I've only heard them in the less than ideal show circumstances. My friends and I, as well as some others exiting the demo rooms, were very dissapointed. I still think they have all the nasty traits that I find so distastefull in horns. I have no reason to steal the joy they may bring others, but I think it fair to present the other point of view. Many find the speakers and whole systems for that matter, that I seem to prefer, distastefull. To each his own.
Thank you for posting about these speakers, Ralph. As many have come to know, your amplifiers with synergistic loudspeakers are capable of musical reproduction that equals the world's best. Your comments regarding higher impedance loudspeakers motivated me to have high impedance (13 ohms nominal, 10 minimum) line arrays designed which are a testament to the validity of your comments. Lest some dismiss this as pertaining to OTLs only, Mike Sanders of Quicksilver made the same comments about my loudspeaker impedance profile when used with his amps - they will play with lower distortion.
As you and I both know, tubed amps with properly designed/matched loudspeakers is not the only worthy paradigm for the end of the musical reproduction chain. But your continued education of folks like me about important considerations within this paradigm deserves both mention and gratitude.
First off, sorry you couldn't make it to the Audio Karma Fest '08 in the Detroit, Michigan area this weekend Ralph, I was so looking forward to meeting and speaking with you as were many of our local audiophile club members (South-east Michigan Audio Club SMAC), maybe next year. It was a great weekend and I had the pleasure of meeting John Wolfe of CAR audio for the first time. John was running the midrange and bass field coil in the T-1's on Saturday and the midrange field coil on Sunday. All I can say is he has successfully taken my favorite speaker on the planet and made it substantially more revealing. Equipped with a large bag of vintage vinyl on hand, I was able to really get a sense for how great these drivers perform on a broad range of music that is very intimate to me. A dear friend of mine has had me sitting on his couch in front of the CAR T-3s for years now, driven by your Atmasphere M-60s and now in a smaller living room with the Atma S-30. I have even strapped on the Atma MA-1 Mk. III Silver editions that grace my own living room (thank you very much) and I am completely convinced that this pairing of speakers and amps has brought me more musical satisfaction than anything else Ive heard (short of live music, in some cases) and I realize how bold of a statement that may be. This weekend confirmed for me what has been creeping up for a long while, I too will be making the move to CAR speakers. I could go on and on with superlatives that would drive the readers of this thread crazy, all I can say is if someone hasnt sat in front of this combo and listened, IMHO they are missing out on a real pleasurable experience and very likely coming closer to the music they love.